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  • The Widows of Malabar Hill

  • By: Sujata Massey
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 672
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 618
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 617

Bombay, 1921: Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father's law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a law degree from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women's legal rights. Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen is going through the paperwork, she notices something strange.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!

  • By hachiko on 02-09-18

More Perveen Please!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I appreciate good writing and good storytelling, and this book has both. I thought the author weaved together the stories of Perveen and the widows very nicely. Most people really liked Perveen as a character, and I completely agree. She stands out even more because of the time and place--India in the early 1900's.

The author also gave us a peek into what life would have been like in that time period. I'll be eager for another book about Perveen, definitely a heroine I want to root for.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Autobiography

  • The Story of My Experiments with Truth
  • By: Mohandas (Mahatma) K. Gandhi
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallace
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 644
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 508

A holy man to Hindus, a hero to Muslims, and a criminal to the British, Mohandas K. Gandhi was an inspiring figure of the 20th century, a man whose quest to live in accord with God’s highest truth led him to initiate massive campaigns against racism, violence, and colonialism.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story of the most historical figure

  • By Gohar on 10-08-10

Not For Me...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-18

I know. I know. It’s terrible of me to give Gandhi only one star. I was hoping to learn more about this incredible man but he was so humble, I got tired of it. He was so self deprecating (which is a wonderful trait) but for a massive book, it didn’t keep my interest.

I hear there are many wonderful biographies about Gandhi and I will eagerly pick up one of those. But I can’t recommend his autobiography because it was so bland.

  • The Elite

  • The Selection, Book 2
  • By: Kiera Cass
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,765

The selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she's swept up in longing for the life they'd planned to share.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I confess -- I really like this series!

  • By AudioAddict on 08-30-13

Not Quite as Good as the First

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-18

The heroine got on my nerves in this one. She was so back and forth and couldn't make a decision for longer than a few minutes. Fun series. I wish the author would develop the political side story more. I thought it was a cool addition to the storyline.

  • 84, Charing Cross Road

  • By: Helene Hanff
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat, John Franklyn-Robbins
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

When Helene Hanff makes an innocent inquiry about the possibility of purchasing hard-to-find books through Marks and Co., Booksellers, she begins a 20-year love affair with Frank Doel, the proper English bookseller who answers her letter and sends along her first order in the fall of 1949. They are two very unlikely correspondents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A True Story About How Books Connect People

  • By Kitty on 01-11-18

One of the Most Charming Books Ever Written

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-18

Sigh. I don't know that there could be a book more perfect. A true story where the author gave us a glimpse into a 20 year friendship. I liked having the different narrators, it helped keep everyone straight.

  • The One

  • The Selection, Book 3
  • By: Kiera Cass
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,500

The time has come for one winner to be crowned. When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown - or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose - and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous Final Installment

  • By Katheryne on 07-03-14

Guilty Pleasure

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-18

Guilty. I like this series. And yes. I love The Bachelor too.

Even though the main character is quite irrational at times, she still is likeable. I enjoyed the added political element and wish the author would have developed that more.

  • Wait, What?

  • And Life's Other Essential Questions
  • By: James E. Ryan
  • Narrated by: James E. Ryan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,458

In his commencement address to the graduating class of 2016, James E. Ryan, dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, offered remarkable advice to the crowd of hopeful men and women eager to make their marks on the world. The key to achieving emotional connections and social progress, he told them, can be found in five essential questions.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This Author and Book Rambles On and On and On ...

  • By J Littlejohn on 06-23-18

I Think This Will Become Foundational

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-18

This is one of those books that I feel like is going to become more and more impressive to me as time goes on. After finishing it, I thought, “That was good. Worth the buck I paid.” But later, I found myself starting to ask some of the questions he posed.

As a teacher, I felt like the examples he used to drive the pints home were spot on. I wish sooo much I could teach so succinctly. Proof how important a good example is.

Anyway, I ramble. Definitely a good read, probably his ideas will become pretty foundational for me before too long.

  • Find the Good

  • Unexpected Life Lessons From a Small-Town Obituary Writer
  • By: Heather Lende
  • Narrated by: Heather Lende
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,310
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,187
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,187

As she was digging deep into the lives of community members, Heather Lende, the obituary writer for her tiny hometown newspaper in Haines, Alaska, began to notice something. Even the crustiest old Alaskan sourpuss who died in a one-room cabin always had Halloween candy for the neighborhood kids, and the eccentric owner of the seafood store who regularly warned her about government conspiracies knew how to be a true friend - his memorial service was packed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life, Death, Grace & Humor

  • By Gillian on 06-22-16

Great Narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-16

Charming book with a great narration. The writer read it herself, she's not a professional reader, but it wouldn't have been as meaningful if another person read such a personal story.

  • Excerpts from The Encyclopaedia Britannica

  • A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information, Eleventh Edition
  • By: Various
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 13 mins
  • Highlights
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,218
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,106

Prepare yourself for the ultimate multicast performance. We've gathered many of Audible's most popular narrators to bring to life some of the most extraordinary words ever written. 19 words, in fact, carefully selected and arranged alphabetically as in their original source: the 11th edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica. We created this enlightening journey from AUDIENCE to LITERATURE because you asked for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Audible - Love It!

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 04-16-17

THANK YOU AUDIBLE!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-16

I cannot tell you how much enjoyment this download has brought into my life. Perfect for April Fool's Day because it's actually real. Will listen to over and over and over.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Jane Austen BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • Six BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisations
  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: David Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julie McKenzie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357

A collection of BBC radio full-cast dramatisations of Jane Austen's six major novels. Jane Austen is one of the finest writers in the English language, and this volume includes all six of her classic novels. Mansfield Park: on a quest to find a position in society, Fanny Price goes to live with her rich aunt and uncle. Northanger Abbey: young, naïve Catherine Morland receives an invitation to stay at the isolated Gothic mansion Northanger Abbey.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Faulty download

  • By Sian on 04-06-16

Just Really Easy to Enjoy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-16

These were all fantastic productions of Jane Austen's works. Engaging, strong talent, and good abridgments (is that a word?). I thought Northanger was the best, Pride and Prejudice was actually my least fave. With that said, they were still all EXCELLENT.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,976
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,007
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,962

One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike ( Gone Girl). In her bright and energetic performance of this British classic, she expertly captures Austen’s signature wit and tone. Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennett, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect narration of a perfect book

  • By Akela on 12-09-15

Almost A Perfect Performance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-16

Rosamund Pike's voice was a great addition to the slew of Pride and Prejudice narrators. While her narrator voice is beautiful, and her main characters voices are lovely, her ancillary character voices are WEIRD. Watch out, Maria Lucas has a lisp. And a strange one at that.

At first her voices for these extras was pretty distracting, but I think Pike made up for it with how well she reads the rest of this novel of perfection.

25 of 28 people found this review helpful